Days Out: Cowley Road Carnival and Oxfordshire Festival of Nature
Last weekend’s weather was perfect to enjoy the Cowley Road Carnival which meant that there was no reason not to enjoy the fun, sun and festivities. It appears that Oxford was out in full force to enjoy the colourful displays, food, music and sun. Thousands of people turned up to watch the procession made up of 32 groups and over 600 people for this years theme Wheels of Change, celebrating 100 years since William Morris set up his first bicycle workshop just off Cowley Road. This fantastic community event has been going on for over 10 years now, and after a small break due to other events such as the Jubilee and Olympics, has come back stronger than ever!
People were eager to enjoy the food stalls, exhibiting the diversity which characterises Cowley Road, and enjoy the bohemian-style atmosphere. Finders Keepers were at hand during the Carnival acting as roaming information points helping families find all that the event could offer. The Finders Keepers team found the Carnival a wonderful experience with Office Manager Simon Tyrrell commenting: “It was a very a good day out for families with a friendly environment and a colourful, pumping atmosphere which proved infectious.”
Keeping in tune with the community spirit, our Central Oxford branch has been helping promote the Oxford Festival of Nature which takes place at the Botley Park on Friday 12th July and Saturday 13th July. The event is aimed at promoting wildlife and conservation around Oxfordshire. There will be talks, demonstrations and activities to suit all ages covering topics such as; bees, birds of prey, crayfish, rivers and even a late night activity on how to catch night-time insects.
As an added bonus, the West Oxford Fun Day will be running alongside the Festival of Nature; a popular event for many years with plenty of activities, entertainment, demonstrations, music, some excellent food options, beer supplied by Compass Breweries as well as a “Science of Brewing” presentation.
All of Saturday’s activities are free, but booking is highly advised. For bookings and more information about Oxford Festival of Nature just visit their website.